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VESANTO MELINA is a registered dietian, was trained at the University of Toronto and the University of London, England, and taught nutrition at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and Seattle's Bastyr University. She was a coordinator for the vegetarian section of the Manual of Clinical Dietetics (Dietitians of Canada and the American Dietetics Association) and is co-author of the nutrition classic Becoming Vegetarian (now in eleven countries and three languages), as well as Cooking Vegetarian, Becoming Vegan and Healthy Eating for Life to Prevent and Treat Cancer. Vesanto is widely known in the media—press, TV and radio. She is an internationally known speaker and has presented workshops on the topic of vegetarian nutrition to over 1,800 dietitians throughout. North America. Vesanto received the prestigious Clintec award for leadership in dietetics. She regularly consults for government and industry and for individual clients. To complement her scientific expertise is Vesanto's joy in creating food that is healthy, delicious and simple to prepare. Her website is www.nutrispeak.com.

BRENDA DAVIS is a registered dietitian in private practice, an author and an internationally acclaimed speaker. She became a committed, ethical vegetarian 13 years ago when she was moved to explore the consequences of food choices beyond personal health. Brenda completed an honors degree in Human Nutrition at the University of Guelph, followed by an internship in Ottawa Ontario. She has worked as a public health nutritionist, clinical nutrition specialist, nutrition consultant, academic nutrition instructor, and is currently the Past-Chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. Brenda is co-author of three books—the best-seller, Becoming Vegetarian, its companion, Becoming Vegan, and the newly released Dairy-free and Delicious. She answers nutrition questions on the VegFamily website. Brenda lives in Kelowna, British Columbia with her husband Paul, and two teenage children, all are vegetarians.

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